Ageing Well - Actively
Poorer health as we age is not inevitable and staying active can pay big dividends in people’s quality of life. This is the message put forward in a new Active Ageing campaign which launched on October 1, timed to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Older People.
Active Surrey, the not for profit organisation which aims to help the county move more, is asking older residents to think again about their relationship with exercise – in all its many forms.
From walking to catch a bus or always choosing the stairs, to joining a new exercise class in your 80’s, Active Surrey wants to challenge the idea that we should be taking it easy when we’re older with a new Active Ageing campaign.
A report from Public Health forecasts that there will be a quarter of a million over 65’s in Surrey by the end of 2020 – an increase of almost 20% in just five years - and much of that time will be spent in poor health unless steps are taken to avoid it.
Fronted by Surrey residents including Diana Moran (the original Green Goddess from 80’s Breakfast TV, now in her 80’s herself), the Active Ageing campaign comes with the message that you’re Never Too Old to get fit.
One key focus for the campaign will be helping older people reduce their risk of falls. One in eight ambulance call outs in Surrey relate to an elderly person falling, and the NHS estimates that a third of all adults over 65 fall each year – a statistic that increases with age.
Otago strength and balance classes are run across the county with new venues just launched. Clinically proven to reduce falls, the programme is a Surrey success story, letting older people maintain their independence and for some of those who’ve already had a fall, end their reliance on walking sticks or mobility scooters.
Older people or their carers can visit www.activesurrey.com/AgeWell for details of Otago strength and balance classes or sociable group walks.
Visit https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/over50s for details of activities in Epsom and Ewell for the over 50s including walking netball, strength and balance classes and bowls.
Visit our walks page, there's lots to choose from with walks taking place throughout the year across the borough - from countryside guided walks, history walks with Bourne Hall Museum and health walks: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/visitors/venues-sport-and-leisure-facilities/walks